Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
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Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr

Apple Introduces $749 6.1-inch iPhone Xr

After weeks of speculation, Apple confirmed today that it is calling its new devices the iPhone XS and XS Max - and even accidentally leaked the information hours ahead of launch. It retains the key advances of the first iPhone X - facial recognition and an edge-to-edge display - but is cheaper while being noticeably larger at 6.1 inches. On the iPhone 6S, for example, apps will allegedly open 40 per cent faster than before, and you can take a photo 70 per cent faster than on iOS 11.

Apple has rested the ongoing rumors that the large screened iPhone will be called iPhone Xs Plus by naming the 6.5 inches sized model iPhone Xs Max.

Despite the discounted option, Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi said Australian Apple fans were likely to accept the top iPhone XS Max's significantly higher cost this year, but warned that prices could not keep rising at their current rate.

The wide angle rear-facing cameras on the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max are 12MP.

A surgical grade stainless steel band now in gold joins finishes in silver and space gray.

Revealed at Apple's special event in California, the iPhone XR is available in six colours and will cost £749 when it's released in the United Kingdom on the 26 October.

The XS will start at £999, the same as last year's iPhone X.

What colors will it come in?

Design-wise, the iPhone Xr bears similarities to the iPhone Xs and Xs Max with a 6.1-inch all-screen build, slim bezels and the signature notch which incorporates Face ID and gestural navigation, but for a considerably lower price starting at $749 Dollars, and available in 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB models.

Speaking of which, let's talk about the not-so-headline-grabbing iPhone XR. This model will be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB options starting at $749 United States dollars.

What will the iPhone XR cost? On the front, it has a 7-megapixel camera that is capable of Face ID and portrait mode photography.


In addition, the OLED-based Retina displays found in the iPhone X. iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max boast significantly higher pixel-counts, pixel-density and contrast-ratios. LCD is still the standard display technology in the mainstream iPhone lineup. That means saying goodbye to the iPhone's "chin and forehead" look that had become associated with it.

Apple has also slashed the prices of its Nike+ Series 3 models.

Last year, a fully tricked-out iPhone X would set you back $1,149.

So there's no more Home button?

This includes features (Face ID instead of a fingerprint reader) and design choices (the notch).

Apple has launched the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, and the biggest ever iPhone, the iPhone XS Max, giving substance to earlier speculative reports. From a hardware perspective, the XR has pretty much the same tech as the Xs and Xs Max.

What should I know about the new A12 Bionic processor?

The phones are equipped with faster processors and better memory capacities than ever before, relying on Apple's new A12 Bionic chip. It is more efficient, and up to 15 percent more faster.

However, compared to its more expensive counterparts, the new iPhone XR does have some compromises that were made to shrink it down. It is powered by a new S4 chip that provides two times better performance than its predecessor.

What's new with the camera?

That being said, it still shoots up to 4K at 60 frames per second and is optically stabilized.

The camera has been improved as well. The camera is able to capture even more detail, despite keeping the 12 megapixels that have been present in the iPhone cameras for years now.

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